Flash Player 10.1 prerelease now available for PCs and netbooks

At the Adobe MAX developer conference last month we unveiled the next release of Adobe Flash Player that delivers on the promise of the Open Screen Project – a consistent, cross-OS runtime across desktop and mobile devices. Today we are pleased to announce the availability of the first public developer prerelease of Flash Player 10.1 on Adobe Labs. While this initial prerelease is for desktop operating systems, we will be updating the prelease between now and general availability in the first half of 2010 to add more features (e.g., global error handler), performance improvements, new tooling options and support for mobile platforms.

Developers can test their existing SWF content and start working with some of the exciting new capabilities that result from bringing the full Flash Player to mobile devices. For example, as users increasingly interact with devices using their fingers, developers can now create entirely new types of applications that use multi-touch points and gestures on touch screen devices, including those running Windows 7. And because AIR 2, also available today as a prerelease, is a superset of Flash Player 10.1, those same capabilities can be used outside the browser.

Consumers are welcome to try the beta to preview hardware acceleration of H.264 video on supported Windows PCs and x86-based netbooks. The release notes provide details on supported graphics cards and drivers that support video hardware acceleration.

To get started with Flash Player 10.1, check out the information on Adobe Labs, download the prerelease, read the release notes, file bugs, provide feedback on the user forums, get tips on optimizing the performance of graphic and video content and prepare for mobile!

– The Flash Player team

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